I just made this with an old sewing machine I picked up at a thrift store. I am always on the hunt for antique sewing machines - you can sometimes find them in used clothing stores. The older machines are the better machines and last forever. Every Catholic family ought to have a good sewing machine under its roof. Sewing is an excellent hobby for both boys and girls. My mother taught me to sew on a 1960s machine when I was just a boy. It is a terrific skill to own. The materials for the vestments I picked up in Fatima, Portugal. The blue silk is permitted to the Latin Rite clergy of Spain and her colonies for special Marian feasts. My next project is a tabernacle veil.
Remember to celebrate St. Nicholas Day with your kids!
Many parents try very hard to instill in their young children Catholic
customs and traditions preserved in the home, thus teaching the Faith.
St. Nicholas Day is a terrific way for kids to learn about the true Father Christmas, the original Santa Claus.
St. Nicholas was a man of faith who cared for the poor and needy. He
teaches kids it is more important to give than to receive. He seeks out
poor children who have been good and rewards them with surprises.
St. Nicholas Day points to Christmas Day, a slight break in the rigor
of Advent, a bit like Gaudete Sunday. A day for children to celebrate
and take note of the season of giving.
There is always a
spiritual dimension to gift-giving. God sees all the little children
and knows who has been naughty and nice. The good little children are
rewarded and the naughty ones are passed over.
Always read to
your kids stories of the lives of the saints! Allow them to be immersed
in Christian lore. They will learn Christian virtue and thus be
inspired. The saints were real-life people who inspire greatness.
Teaching your kids to honor St. Nicholas, a holy bishop and helper of
many, is honor is given to the Christ Child, who gave himself to us as
the best Christmas gift ever, nay, the the greatest gift of all.
Before the kids go to sleep on the vigil of the feast, carefully
instruct them to line up their shoes for when St. Nicholas visits during
the night. If they have been good, he will unfailingly drop candy in
When I was a child, my kindly father instructed us to do
this and we did, with great eagerness, every year, carefully placing our
shoes at the bottom of the stairs along the side of the piano. We were
so excited, we could barely sleep. In the morning, we raced down to
see the candy with shouts of: "Mom! Dad! Look! St. Nicholas came! I
was a good little boy!"
November 30: Happy Feast of St. Andrew (CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS TODAY)!
Today marks the last day of the liturgical year. St. Andrew is one of the last saints the
Church commemorates on her calendar, and yet he was one of the first
apostles called by Christ and one of the first martyrs to shed his blood
for the Faith. We recall the words of Christ Himself, that the first
shall be last. St Andrew is a heroic example of a life devoted to
Jesus, and we ask him, as we come to the close of the old church year,
for the gift of perseverance in the Faith for the year ahead.
The beloved Christmas Novena, also known as the St. Andrew Novena,
begins today on his feast (Nov. 30) and ends on Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
The novena is an excellent way to prepare your children for the coming
of the Christ Child. The novena consists of saying the below prayer 15
times daily. The prayer should be familiar to every Catholic family.
The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena prayer:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was
born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in
piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and
grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of
His Blessed Mother. Amen.
For years they have pointed the finger at the Catholic Church. Under the guise of humor, they got away with murder.
As a native of Minnesota, the land of the smug DFL, I have to say how much I have enjoyed seeing the swamp drained the past year. Apparently it wasn't such a quiet week in Lake Wobegon...and just wait until the count comes in.
All hail the great Minnesota pseud. Not! "Ah yes -- I'm no ordinary
dirty old man. My alleged transgressions are more 'interesting' and
'complicated' than those of ordinary mortals. Pity me all you poor
a rare moment in history to see the "accusers" in the realm of media and
politics getting a taste of their own medicine. I regret I have no word
of wisdom for them except the one they regularly mete out to people like us, in their revolting pretense of social conscience and inclusiveness:
Matthew 7:1-3 "Judge not, lest ye be judged. For with what judgment you
judge, you shall be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye,
but do not consider the plank in your own eye?"
I can think of few people who did more to build up Catholic America, world peace, Catholic education, Catholic book publishing, the missions and much more. Hopefully his cause for canonization will be put forward.
Quinquagesimo anno expleto ab obitu Emmi. ac Revmi. D.D. Francisci
Iosephi tituli Sanctorum Ioannis et Pauli presbyter cardinalis Spellman,
archiepiscopus metropolitanus Neo-Eboracensis et vicarius castrensis
Civitatum Fœderatorum Americæ Septentrionalis, qui obiit Neo-Eboraci,
die secunda mensis decembris anno salutis millesimo nongentesimo
septuagesimo septimo, septuagesimo octavo ætatis suæ.
An honor to pray here. I think of all the times I greeted him in Rome. He would always say to me: "I studied at the Angelicum." I can still see him seated at the consistory when he was made Cardinal. He always had a warm smile and a kind word. May his memory be forever!
A lovely home at 43 Calton Road East. DVH lived here until his death in 1977. In fact, he passed away here, while laying in bed in the den. I would like to see his cause for canonization proposed. DVH was a convert to the Faith and one of the very best Catholic philosophers of the twentieth century. It would be nice to see this somehow preserved as a museum/library or meeting place for Catholic intellectuals.
A lovely home at 448 Central Park West, overlooking Central Park. DVH arrived in the USA in 1940 as a destitute refugee after having fled the Nazis who were hunting him. This was his first real home in the New World, which he maintained until he retired from teaching at Fordham Uni and accepted another position in New Rochelle. I wish some good Catholic foundation could rent the flat and host DVH study days and cocktail parties here.